Minor hopes to return to game action by April 12, but the Braves could be more cautious with him given the injuries that have knocked Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen out of the rotation.
His availability and health have grown in importance. He blossomed in 2013 with a 13-9 record and career-best 3.21 ERA. He yielded just 46 walks and fanned 181 in 204 1/3 innings.
Oviedo has been throwing, but not to hitters. He still believes he will be ready for the regular season. He is shooting for a spot in the bullpen.
The quest to replace setup man Joe Smith, who bolted for the Angels in free agency, is going quite well for the sizzling
Shaw and Allen gave indications in 2013 that they could do the job. Shaw compiled a 3.24 ERA, 1.173 WHIP and averaged 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. Allen boasted a 2.43 ERA, 1.251 WHIP and 11 strikeouts per nine innings to place sixth in the American League Rookie of the Year balloting.
The two will serve behind new closer John Axford, but it remains to be seen what innings they generally handle. Terry Francona could be leaning toward Allen as his eighth inning guy.
Hart hadn't played since Sunday while dealing with back and forearm injuries. He opened the spring 2 for 5 in his first two games but has gone hitless in 16 at-bats since.
"You can tell he knows it feels better just by his attitude and the way he's carrying himself around," manager Kirk Gibson said.
Arroyo is still questionable to be ready by the beginning of the regular season, but Friday's news is a step in the right direction. He has yet to spend time on the disabled list in his 14-year career.
Ramirez is doing well in his bid for a rotation spot, posting a 1.42 ERA and 10:2 K:BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings. He should open the season in the rotation but may need to pitch well to keep his slot as other pitchers get healthy.
Morales gave up just one hit in the first inning and one hit in the third, but one was a home run and the other was a triple, and both ended up scoring. He owns a 3.97 ERA and 13:2 K:BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.
Hernandez bounced back nicely after allowing four earned runs in his last game. He owns a 4.32 ERA and 7:3 K:BB ratio in 8 1/3 innings.
"Everything was good. I was a little anxious, a little nervous. My mechanics are definitely rusty," Latos said. "I can't complain for the first time out facing live hitters. I was a little amped up. All in all, I'm satisfied. There are a couple of tweaks and adjustments I need to make."
Latos should see game action next week and could still open the season in the rotation as the team's fifth starter, provided he doesn't suffer a setback with his return from October elbow surgery.
Cueto was lit up for six earned runs in his second appearance of spring but has allowed just one run over nine innings in his two games since. He has an impressive 13:2 K:BB ratio as well as a 4.61 ERA in 13 2/3 innings.